Date: 15th January 2016
SCOTTISH FANS GROUP SUPPORTS POLICE CALL FOR ZERO TOLERANCE
• Scottish Football Supporters Association supports Police Scotland call for zero tolerance at football grounds
• SFSA calls for education programme at every club
15th January 2016: Scotland’s largest, independent football supporters’ organisation, the Scottish Football Supporters Association (SFSA) has backed Police Scotland’s call for a zero tolerance approach to the use of pyrotechnics by fans at football grounds.
Coinciding with their acceptance as full members of Fans Europe, the SFSA has confirmed that it is currently working on a pan-European working party looking at this issue as well as fans concerns about policing and stewarding at football grounds across Europe.
Paul Goodwin, co-founder of the SFSA, said: “We met with Police Scotland this week to discuss these issues and are supportive of a zero tolerance approach towards anything at football matches that causes increased health and safety risks to fans. We totally appreciate that some fans want to generate excitement and an atmosphere at games; however we believe that they need to be educated on the risks of their actions, in particular with pyrotechnics. The challenge is for clubs to work with all fans to generate atmosphere and excitement to the match day experience. We are also concerned that fans charged with these types of offences are not lost to the game forever with lifetime bans as football cannot afford to lose any supporters.”
The SFSA can be found on Twitter @scottishfsa and on Facebook and online at www.scottishfsa.org. It currently has 47,000 members throughout the whole of Scotland
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